Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI) http://nucleusresearch.com We help our clients build the ROI business case for technology. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:02:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 p134 – LLamasoft benefit case study – Cardinal Health http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p134-llamasoft-benefit-case-study-cardinal-health/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p134-llamasoft-benefit-case-study-cardinal-health/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:01:18 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8381 The post p134 – LLamasoft benefit case study – Cardinal Health appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p132 – Salesforce Lightning released http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p132-salesforce-lightning-released/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p132-salesforce-lightning-released/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:23:07 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8378 The post p132 – Salesforce Lightning released appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p133 – Ultimate Software deployment of critical ACA automation http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p133-ultimate-software-deployment-of-critical-aca-automation/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p133-ultimate-software-deployment-of-critical-aca-automation/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:54:38 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8375 The post p133 – Ultimate Software deployment of critical ACA automation appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p131 – Logi Analytics increases user adoption http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p131-logi-analytics-increases-user-adoption/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p131-logi-analytics-increases-user-adoption/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:50:20 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8370 The post p131 – Logi Analytics increases user adoption appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p130 – Demand shaping cuts costs for omnichannel retailers http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p130-demand-shaping-cuts-costs-for-omnichannel-retailers/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p130-demand-shaping-cuts-costs-for-omnichannel-retailers/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:45:45 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8367 The post p130 – Demand shaping cuts costs for omnichannel retailers appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p129 – Techonolgy Value Matrix 2015 – ECM http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p129-techonolgy-value-matrix-2015-ecm/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p129-techonolgy-value-matrix-2015-ecm/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:28:55 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8361 The post p129 – Techonolgy Value Matrix 2015 – ECM appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p128 – Acumatica releases Power BI content pack http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p128-acumatica-releases-power-bi-content-pack/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p128-acumatica-releases-power-bi-content-pack/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:38:06 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8353 The post p128 – Acumatica releases Power BI content pack appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p127 – Microsoft acquires FieldOne http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p127-microsoft-acquires-fieldone/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p127-microsoft-acquires-fieldone/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 12:36:08 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8350 The post p127 – Microsoft acquires FieldOne appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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p126 – Cortana Analytics Suite addresses underlying analytics challenges http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p126-cortana-analytics-suite-addresses-underlying-analytics-challenges/ http://nucleusresearch.com/download/p126-cortana-analytics-suite-addresses-underlying-analytics-challenges/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:25:22 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?post_type=wpdmpro&p=8344 The post p126 – Cortana Analytics Suite addresses underlying analytics challenges appeared first on Nucleus Research | Return On Investment (ROI).

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Curing Microsoft’s Ballmer Hangover http://nucleusresearch.com/curing-microsofts-ballmer-hang-over/ http://nucleusresearch.com/curing-microsofts-ballmer-hang-over/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:56:25 +0000 http://nucleusresearch.com/?p=8335 Microsoft pulled the plug on its Nokia acquisition last week, announcing a $7.6 billion write off on the mobile phone...

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Microsoft pulled the plug on its Nokia acquisition last week, announcing a $7.6 billion write off on the mobile phone unit and a round of 7,800 layoffs. That’s nearly 7 percent of Microsoft’s global workforce. This is not a mere retreat, but a full surrender.

Unfortunately, this all falls on current CEO Satya Nadella, who is suffering from a serious case of Ballmer hang over. The Nokia deal was former CEO Steve Ballmer’s last-ditch effort to keep his job. And like all his other mobile phone strategies, it has failed miserably and in this case leaves Nadella holding the bag.

In our 2011 Tech Predictions, Nucleus Research called for Ballmer to go due to his lack of vision and inability to execute. Sadly Microsoft didn’t come to that same conclusion until 2014. You have to wonder if Microsoft could have found a successful path for Windows Phone over those three years with a better leader.

While Nadella has faced his own setbacks and hiccups since taking the helm, he has recently impressed with his willingness to follow through on tough decisions. Writing off Nokia is one of them. He’s starting to show a sharper focus for Microsoft and giving hints to future directions.

He’ll need to further sharpen that focus and make more tough calls going forward. With the end of the Nokia experiment, Windows Phone is now on death row. Already under three percent market share worldwide before Nokia’s demise, Windows Phone has no clear path to excite the market and grow. It’s withering on the vine.

And yet Microsoft continues to pay lip service, stating that Windows Phone will now focus on value customers, business users and diehard Windows fans. Let’s break this down. ‘Value customers’ means bargain basement, aka no margin. Should we expect a discount deal with Walmart? Business users show no sign of preferring a Windows Phone over Android or iOS devices and as for Windows fans, I’m guessing Microsoft is referring to the less than three percent of the market who actually bought a Windows Phone.

Let’s face it Nadella, with the end of Nokia comes the death of Windows Phone. Sobering up from the Ballmer hang over has been painful, I’m sure. Don’t be tempted to go back and drink more of the spiked Kool-Aid. Put Windows Phone out of its misery already. Time to push Ballmer to the past, reinvent Microsoft and let the Nadella era begin.

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